School of Business joins group offering MBA in China The Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University invites teachers and young writers to practice their craft S. Ford Weiskittel to speak about the history of the Greek trireme at Fairfield University The Connecticut Women Artists hold juried exhibition at Fairfield University's Walsh Art Gallery Fairfield University Security Officers to participate in "Tip-A-Cop" fundraiser for Special Olympics at Dunkin' Donuts Fairfield University hosts first North American exhibition of stunning Acropolis photos on heels of Athens Summer Olympics Professor John Rassias of Dartmouth Summer Festival Chorus holds auditions at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts announces its 15th season Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts announces its 2004-05 programs for young audiences Women's Tennis meet Washington in NCAA Tournament
The opening of a new MBA program in China, offered as a joint venture between Peking University and Fairfield University in a consortium with 25 other U.S. Jesuit universities, coincided with President Bill Clinton's visit in June to Peking University, China's oldest and most prestigious university. During his visit, President Clinton observed the new state-of-the-art classroom building which will house the MBA program.
This is the first time the Chinese government has permitted foreign universities to offer a complete MBA program inside China and the first program to get complete government support and encouragement.
On hand to kick off the new MBA program were the Hon. William Daley, U.S. secretary of commerce, and Dr. Janet Yellen, chair of the President's Council of Economic Advisors. Secretary Daley and Dr. Yellen congratulated the first class of students on being accepted into the MBA program and challenged them to take leadership roles in shaping China's future. Secretary Daley, who attended Loyola University in Chicago, praised the values of Jesuit education and congratulated the major American corporations who have supported the program with scholarships and internships.
Secretary Daley was presented with an honorary diploma signed by the Deans of the 26 U.S. consortium universities. Dr. Gong Yi, the executive secretary of the Monetary Policy committee of the People's Bank of China, closed the official ceremony with a champagne toast.
Dr. Walter Ryba, dean of the School of Business at Fairfield, explained that Fairfield will help supply faculty, administrative and resource support to the program. In addition, he said, Fairfield MBA students will be encouraged to participate in the program either as mentors or as visiting students in Beijing for a semester.
Dr. Ryba met with Chinese ambassadors and education dignitaries in May when Fordham University hosted the deans of the 25 Schools of Business who form the consortium. The first Chinese students to enroll are senior or middle-level managers of leading corporations, with average work experiences of eight years. Their admission was based on their academic records, work experience, standardized tests, recommendations and, for the leading candidates, personal interviews. Twenty Chinese and 20 U.S. students are enrolled in the full-time section of the MBA program, with an additional 40 Chinese students enrolled in the part-time section.
"This marks an important milestone in the cooperative development of relations between the United States and China," noted Dr. Ryba. "The Fairfield University School of Business is proud to be a part of this historical effort."
Posted on September 1, 1998
The Connecticut Writing Project (CWP) at Fairfield University will offer eight programs for advanced writers, teachers and young writers this summer, including two sections of its popular Young Writers' Institute.
The Young Writers' Institute, which is open to students entering grades 6 through 11, allows students to explore many aspects of writing and have the opportunity to talk with published writers from the area. The CWP teacher/consultants who team-teach the Institute are exemplary, credentialed teachers in local schools. They strive to provide an exciting, challenging and rewarding learning experience for all participants.
This year the Institute will run two sections for grades 6 through 8 and 9 through 11, respectively, for a total of 80 students. The sections will run from July 1 through July 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students must submit an application, a writing sample, and a teacher recommendation, which will be reviewed by a committee of teacher/consultants. The cost to attend is $650, which includes lunch. Transportation and partial scholarships are available.
"The Young Writers' Institute has been enthusiastically received by many young writers, so many, in fact, that we will be running two sections this summer. Many of the participants are returning for their second and third summers, having found their previous experience rewarding," CWP-Fairfield Director Faye Gage said. "The opportunity to talk with published writers, to work with teacher/mentors, and to share their writing with peers is what writers need and what the institute provides."
Adult writers are invited to engage in a variety of activities designed to awaken them from "writer's slump," and to encourage them to enter new territory, in a relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere.
The Advanced Institute for Writers, which runs from July 18 through July 23, is designed to offer graduates of CWP summer institutes, and other writers, the opportunity to spend five days reflecting, re-igniting and writing. Tuition for the Advanced Institute for Writers is $150 for CWP alumni, $250 for others. Participants can stay in on-campus housing for an additional $200. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
CWP-Fairfield will also offer six summer institutes designed for teachers throughout June and July, most of which can be taken for graduate credit.
"The institutes for teachers provide a place where both new and experienced teachers can meet to share their successes, to reflect on the challenges of teaching literacy, to learn from master teacher/facilitators and to hone their own literacy skills," Gage said. "Many teachers find these institutes an efficient and satisfying way to keep abreast of new research, validated practices and proven strategies for helping students become more engaged and more proficient readers and writers. We have many testimonies from participants of the value of this renewing and energizing way to interact with other teachers who care deeply about their own professional development and the effect their learning has on their students."
The Summer Institute in the Teaching of Writing is open to sixteen teachers of grades K through 13, who will become Fellows of CWP-Fairfield. The Institute focuses on writing, research, presentations, and discussions of literacy issues for students of diverse backgrounds. Participants are granted six graduate credits or receive a small stipend. Upon successful completion of the Institute, Fellows become teacher/consultants who lead in-service sessions.
The Early Literacy Institute will examine current, research-based practices for effective early literacy instruction in the K through 2 classroom. Participants will explore the important components of successful reading/writing development: comprehension strategies, phonological development, fluency and vocabulary instruction.
The Institute for Exploring Writing Craft: Grades 2-5, designed for experienced teachers in grades 3 through 5, will explore a variety of writing strategies that support students' growth as they move from the initial stages of writing to crafting. Participants will also explore language development in English Language Learners (ELL) and low-income students.
Experienced teachers of grades 7 through 12 are invited to take part in the Institute of Teaching of Writing at the Secondary Level. Focusing on teaching, writing and learning, the Institute integrates theory and practice for teachers. Participants will learn strategies that help students achieve their potential as writers.
Topics in the Institute of Teaching of Writing at Secondary Level include: critical perspectives on writing instruction, evaluation and assessment of writing, writing workshops, writing across the curriculum, writing and technology, incorporating state standards and classroom methods for teaching writing, and addressing the needs of diverse populations.
Also geared toward teachers of grades 7 through 12 is the Institute on the Teaching of Literature. Participants will read and discuss contemporary literature in various genres to explore their own experience as readers of literature and to understand ways that they and their students can respond to and write about literary texts. Participants will also become familiar with instructional strategies that can help students become attentive and thoughtful readers, while preparing them for success on the CAPT.
The Institute for Teachers of English Language Learners (ELL) is for teachers of students whose native language is not English. Both mainstream K through 12 Language Arts/English teachers and ELL teachers will benefit from the Institute, which will teach participants to assess ELL students' writing and discuss the most effective way to help their students improve.
Tuition for the teacher institutes, other than the Summer Institute in the Teaching of Writing, is $495. Participants may also elect to receive three graduate credits at an additional cost of $760, pending approval by the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.
CWP-Fairfield is in its fourth year at Fairfield University. It has trained more than 300 teachers, kindergarten through college, in areas such as math, science, history, English and language arts. The goals of CWP-Fairfield include improving the writing and learning skills of students' in kindergarten through college; extending the uses of writing in all disciplines; providing schools, colleges and universities with an effective professional development model and identifying, celebrating and enhancing the professional role of successful classroom teachers.
Information and applications for all summer institutes are available by contacting Chris Lawton at (203) 254-4000, ext. 3124 or email@example.com, or by visiting the website www.faculty.fairfield.edu/fgage/cwp/default.htm. The deadline to register for all of the adult institutes is May 1.
Posted on April 21, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 260
Philosophers, playwrights, the Olympics, and mythology are just a few of the remarkable contributions that ancient Greek civilization has made to the world. On Friday, April 30 at 5:15 p.m. in Canisius Hall, Room 15, S. Ford Weiskittel brings a little more Greek history and culture to Fairfield University. In a talk entitled, "Salamis: Triumph of the Greek Trireme," Weiskittel will speak about the Greek trireme, the most sophisticated warship of its time.
On Saturday, May 1, a panel discussion on the construction and rowing of a Greek trireme will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. in Canisius 15. Joining Mr. Weiskittel will be Dr. Evangelos Hadjimichael, dean of the Fairfield University School of Engineering.
President of Trireme Trust USA, Weiskittel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture from Princeton and a Master of Arts in classics from Oxford University. He has taught classics (Greek and Roman history and literature) at Johns Hopkins University and William Smith and Hobart Colleges in Geneva, N.Y.
The trireme, unlike other ships of its time, was made of light wood easily destroyed by waves or stolen by enemies. Consequently, only pictures on pieces of pottery and stone carvings and references to the triremes in Greek literature remain. Weiskittel will answer questions about the appearance of the trireme, its speed and agility, and its purpose to the Greeks. In taking listeners back in time, he will uncover the architectural wonder of the trireme.
The trireme played a vital role in the defeat of the Persian empire by the Greeks in the 5th century, B.C., and helped save Greek civilization from Persian conquest. During the 1980s, a British classicist and a British naval architect researched and reconstructed a model of an actual trireme that was commissioned as the Greek navy ship in the Olympics. In order to figure out how it ran, an oar crew of British and American rowers was recruited.
Weiskittel became involved in recruiting and training American rowers between the years 1988 and 1992. He also founded Trireme Trust USA and organized transportation to Poros on the Aegean Sea. Beginning as a rower himself, Weiskittel eventually became one of the rowing masters and wrote several articles about the trireme and its sea trials for Smithsonian and other periodicals. He has also given many lectures and presentations on the trireme project across the United States.
For more information, please contact William Abbott, Ph.D., associate professor of history, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2514.
Posted on April 23, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 272
The Connecticut Women Artists, Inc., will hold its 75th annual juried exhibition, featuring intriguing works in a variety of media, from Thursday, June 17, through Sunday, Aug. 1, at Fairfield University's Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery.
Joanna Marsh, curator of Contemporary Art for the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, is the juror for this anniversary year exhibition. The show is juried by slide exhibition and the awards will be presented during an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on June 17.
Founded in 1929 by 13 women artists exhibiting at the Wadsworth, CWA provides a forum for women's artwork and emphasizes the value of art in society. The organization has 200 members and offers an open juried show and a members' juried show each year at galleries in the state. The New Britain Museum of American Art, The Lyman Allyn Museum in New Britain and the John Slade Ely House in New Haven have hosted past exhibitions.
Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public. The Walsh Art Gallery is located in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Posted on April 26, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 273
Security Officers from Fairfield University's Security Department will donate their time and service at Dunkin' Donuts on Saturday, May 8, in an effort to raise money for Special Olympics Connecticut.
Fairfield University Security Officers will take part in the fundraiser, which will run from 8 a.m. to12 noon. Officers will be assisting the Dunkin' Donuts staff and asking for donations. The event will be held at two Dunkin' Donuts locations: 593 Boston Post Road and 200 Tunxis Hill Road in Fairfield.
The "Tip-A-Cop" fundraiser concept has been used by many law enforcement agencies to raise money for Special Olympics, however, this is the first year that Dunkin' Donuts has joined in this effort, said Todd A. Pelazza, director of Security at Fairfield University.
"The Security Department has been involved with Special Olympics for a long time and this is just another way to help contribute to this important organization," Pelazza said, adding that all donations will go directly to Special Olympics Connecticut.
Posted on April 28, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 274
Fairfield University community and schoolchildren throughout the region will explore the vital, ongoing restoration at the Acropolis of Athens, Greece, through nearly 100 intriguing photographs to be unveiled in their first ever North American exhibition this fall at the University's Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery. "Photographs of the Athenian Acropolis: The Restoration Project," which is free and open to the public, will be on display from Wednesday, Sept. 15, through Sunday, Dec. 5, in the gallery, located in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
The exhibition is organized by The Acropolis Restoration Service of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Fairfield University.
"The Walsh Art Gallery is most fortunate to be the first North American venue for this stunning series of photographs," said gallery Director Diana Mille, Ph.D.
"The exhibition in Fairfield is timely since the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics will have just ended, thus attention and interest in Athens, its antiquities and its cultural traditions will be very much in the news," added Katherine Schwab, Ph.D., associate professor of art history at Fairfield.
The collection of nearly 100 black-and-white photographs, includes a photo of a section of the Parthenon's marble floor, details of architecture and sculpture and one very large color photograph of the Acropolis taken in late afternoon from the nearby hill of the Pnyx. Shot over a quarter of a century, it documents the ongoing work of the Acropolis Restoration Service, ARS, an organization formed in 1975 to painstakingly work on conservation and preservation of the ancient monuments of the Acropolis, one of the most recognized and revered examples of High Classical architecture in the world.
Formed by the Greek Ministry of Culture, the ARS is removing corroded 19th-century iron dowels and clamps as well as incorporating newly identified fragments of the structures. Each building has its own team of engineers, architects, conservators, stone-workers and other specialists who hope to stabilize and preserve the buildings for future generations.
The photographs that form the exhibit are the work of Socratis Mavrommatis, the chief photographer of the ARS. Long intrigued by the potential melding of art and scientific documentation through photography, he has chronicled the entire restoration, producing thousands of photos of the individual temples and buildings in summer's blazing heat, in different light and even the rare winter snowfall, revealing astonishing aerial views and whimsical close detail.
The photographs coming to Fairfield are organized into four elements: the Acropolis prior to restoration; detailed preparation efforts; the work itself; and images of the monuments throughout the process. The exhibit will also include a photo of a section of the Parthenon's marble floor and close-up photos of the 160-meter-long Parthenon frieze illustrating the procession to the Acropolis to honor the goddess Athena. The renowned frieze includes depictions of 360 divine and human figures and more than 250 animals.
The photographs were on exhibit in 2003 at University College in London, England, and have also been shown in Brussels and Rome. Fairfield University will host the first North American exhibition.
The link to Fairfield University stems from a professional friendship between Mavrommatis and Dr. Schwab, who makes frequent trips to Athens to conduct research on the Parthenon metopes. Mavrommatis will travel to Fairfield for a 10-day visit in September, during which he will collaborate with Dr. Mille and student interns for the installation in the gallery and lecture on photography and archaeology. At the exhibition's opening reception, he will introduce a 40-minute documentary film that he produced about the photos and the restoration, which will be screened regularly throughout the exhibition.
In addition to the reception, Mavrommatis will be available to meet with gallery visitors on Thursday, Sept. 16, and Friday, Sept. 17, before returning to Athens.
The exhibit - and related teaching materials and high-quality scale models that will be part of the permanent Fairfield University collections - will provide enormous educational opportunities for University students and educators and public school classes across the region.
Fairfield University professors are incorporating the exhibit into Art History, Studio Art, Music, Theater, Film/TV/Radio and Classical Studies classes and tie-ins are being considered for Philosophy, History, Education, Politics, honors programs and independent study projects.
The gallery will offer tours and activities for kindergarten through 12th grade teachers and students, university students and the public, incorporating detailed scale models and teaching kits.
Theatre Fairfield, the University's resident company, will present a Classical Greek play in the fall and the University plans to host a Greek film series in conjunction with the exhibit. Both events will be open to the public.
University officials expect the coming Olympic Games to spark renewed interest in Greece and its important architecture and archaeology. Mavrommatis sees his photographs as having a dual purpose for those who view them.
"The photographic documentation of the Acropolis monuments, before and during the restoration project, beyond its obvious necessity and value, serves as a historical apology for the changes made by the intervention," he said.
Admission to the exhibit is free. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call (203) 254-4010, ext. 2969.
Posted on April 28, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 241
Learning a foreign language is challenging even for the most linguistically inclined person. Professor John Rassias of Dartmouth College, author of a hands-on method for teaching a second language, will speak about "Language, Culture and Politics" on Friday, May 7, at 8:30 p.m. at Fairfield University's Alumni House.
Prof. Rassias is the William R. Kenan Professor and Chair of the Department of French and Italian at Dartmouth, and president of the Rassias Foundation. He originated the "Rassias Method" and Dartmouth Intensive Language Model (DILM), which were adapted for the needs of Fairfield University by Joel Goldfield, Ph.D., associate professor of modern languages and literatures at Fairfield, in 1998. In March 1995, the University signed a letter of agreement for a partnership with the Rassias Foundation at Dartmouth College.
The "Rassias Method" is a way to teach vocabulary in a different language through the use of physical demonstrations. It eliminates the need to translate a new word into its equivalent word in the students' native tongue. This method uses humor and playfulness to help put students at ease and make them more comfortable with speaking. The goal is to accelerate the students' ability to communicate orally in a new language.
"Prof. Rassias is the best known foreign language teaching professional in the world today. His dramatic, systematic, and communicative approach to language teaching has provided us with the model upon which the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Fairfield University has based its Assistant Teacher/Oral Practice Session Program," Dr. Goldfield said.
"Our research shows that for at least 80 percent of students in a Core language course, the top priority is to speak the language. The Oral Practice Sessions are crucial in enabling them to meet that goal, one of the Department's as well," Dr. Goldfield added.
In addition to using the Rassias method for the Oral Practice Sessions, University College at Fairfield University regularly collaborates with the Rassias Foundation on immersion language programs, such as the Accelerated Language Programs at Dartmouth College and the new Weekend Immersion Programs, which have been held on the Fairfield University campus three times since Fall 2003 and have attracted students from all over the United States.
Introductions to Prof. Rassias' talk by Dr. Goldfield and Dean Edna Wilson of Fairfield University's University College will focus on the international and cross-cultural mission of Fairfield University.
Sponsored by the Culpeper Language Resource Center of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the University College at Fairfield University, and the Dartmouth Club of Eastern Fairfield County, the talk is open to Fairfield University students, faculty and staff as well as Dartmouth students and alumni. A ticket is necessary to attend the event due to limited seating, but tickets are free to University students, faculty and staff. A limited number of tickets are available for the general public. Tickets will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. There will be a dinner at the Alumni House with the Dartmouth Alumni Club prior to the talk. The price for the dinner, including gratuities is $53, is by reservation only. For ticket reservations, please contact Dr. Goldfield by Wednesday noon at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2304.
Posted on April 30, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 273
The popular Summer Festival Chorus of Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts will hold auditions for its 2004 program on Tuesday, June 22, at 7 p.m. in the Quick Center's Kelley Auditorium. The chorus, now in its 11th year, will present a final concert on Saturday, Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
Experienced choral singers are invited to audition and should be prepared to sing vocal warm-ups and exercises. Auditions are not required for previous participants. Rehearsals will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from July until the August concert.
The theme of the 2004 concert is "Hot Summer Sounds of the World" and Carole Ann Maxwell is the musical director and conductor for the program.
For more information, call the Quick Center at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396, or visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on May 1, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 249
Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts announces a 2004-05 season filled with exciting dance, music, theater and family shows sure to please audiences of all ages and tastes. In addition to returning favorites, such as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Quick Center's resident orchestra The Live Music Project, the year features a season-long jazz tribute with saxophonist David Sanborn, The John Pizzarelli Trio, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and vocalist Diane Schuur; comedian Steven Wright; the Paul Taylor Dance Company; the National Acrobats of Taiwan; and several live radio dramas, dramatic readings and children's events.
The season kicks off on Friday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. with the first of four performances by The Live Music Project, the Quick Center's resident conductor-less orchestra. This installment is called "Music Old and New" and offers works by Bach, Haydn and Project co-founder Daniel Smith. "Fiddler's Three," including virtuoso violin pieces in three styles - Klezmer, Classical and American fiddling - will be presented on Friday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m., A program called "The Letters and Music of Mozart" follows on Friday, April 15, at 8 p.m. The orchestra will also perform "Storytelling and Music," a family afternoon of classic stories and orchestral accompaniment, on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 2 p.m.
The Paul Taylor Dance Company, one of the world's most exquisite ensembles, take the stage at the main Kelley Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. Celebrating its 50th season, the company offers the beautiful and innovative work of the man the New York Times calls "the reigning master of modern dance."
Live! Lit opens its second season of dramatic readings of stellar short fiction on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m. with "On Food," an afternoon featuring MFK Fisher, Florence King and Lara Vapnyar.
Conceived and directed by local thespian Tess Link, Live! Lit continues on Sunday, Nov. 7, with "How I Learned to Cook," which features stories on mother/daughter relationships by Jamie Callan, Vivian Gornick and Kate Braverman. The third installment, "On Travel," on Sunday, Dec. 5, features writings by T. Coraghessan Boyle, Frederick Reiken and William Maxwell. Santha Rama Rass, Rabindranath Tagore and Jhumpa Lahiri will be in the spotlight for "Stories From India" on Sunday, Jan. 30.
The final two afternoons are: "Masters of the Genre," featuring authors O. Henry, Anton Chekhov and Katherine Mansfield, on Sunday, Feb. 13; and "On Parenting," highlighting Damon Runyon, Robyn Joy Leff and Gish Jen, on Sunday, March 13. An afternoon tea precedes Live! Lit events, which all begin at 3 p.m.
Grammy Award winner and jazz saxophonist legend David Sanborn offers a selection of music, interspersed with insights from his more than four decades in music, on Friday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m.
He'll be followed on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. by the first performance of the season from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the country's premier chamber music ensemble and a favorite of Quick Center subscribers for many seasons. The first program includes Schumann, Tcherepnin, Bartok and Dvorák. The ensemble will return on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. with an all-Brahms program. The final performance of the season on Saturday, April 2, at 8 p.m. will feature an all-Schubert program.
The children's offerings begin on Sunday, Oct. 17, with "Very Eric Carle" by the Mermaid Theatre Company of Nova Scotia. Programs for young people run throughout the season and include: The Omaha Theater Company for Young People in "Miss Nelson is Missing, the Musical," on Sunday, Nov. 14; Theatre IV's "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" on Sunday, Dec. 12; Theatreworks USA's production of "Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping and Other Stories" on Sunday, Feb. 6; "What's Opera Doc?" from the Lincoln Center Reel-to-Real Series on Sunday, April 3; and Theatreworks USA's "Junie B. Jones" on Sunday, May 1. All shows are at 1 and 3 p.m.
Academy Award-winning comedian Steven Wright will bring his quirky, deadpan style humor to the Quick Center stage on Friday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. The star of two well-received HBO specials and several films, Wright has an ability to bend reality that is all his own and always laugh-out-loud funny.
Next up, the Dresden Philharmonic, a legendary German orchestra, with conductor Rafael Frúhbeck de Burgos and acclaimed violin soloist Julia Fischer will present an all-Brahms program on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m.
For the past 30 years, the Kronos Quartet has been changing perceptions around the world of what a string quartet should be. This genre-bending group takes the stage on Friday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. for another memorable performance.
The popular live radio drama series kicks off its season with Orson Welles' "A Christmas Carol" on Friday, Nov. 19, and Saturday, Nov. 20, in the Quick Center's Wien Experimental Theater. The performance includes the usual suspects - Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the irascible Scrooge - appearing just as the radio and film master and his cast did when it debuted with live special effects and ads. Director Daniel Smith and his seasoned performers will be back Friday, Jan. 28, and Saturday, Jan. 29, with "Strange and Unusual Programs," an evening of unintentionally hilarious adventures from "Roger Kilgore, Public Defender" to "I Was a Communist for the FBI." The radio drama season wraps up with "Murder and Consequences," an evening of whodunits, on Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19.
The Quick Center's season-long Jazz Tribute Project continues with The John Pizzarelli Trio, featuring Pizzarelli, a hip vocalist/guitarist who's developed an army of devoted fans. He, pianist Ray Kennedy and Martin Pizzarelli on bass will perform on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m.
The holiday season continues with the much-anticipated annual seasonal concert by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra on Friday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. One of the country's oldest orchestras will offer a delightful program of carols, classical selections and other holiday favorites.
The Quick Center's intriguing theater reading series begins with "The Kindness of Strangers: An Evening with Tennessee Williams," featuring short plays and monologues from the master of the sad café, a program that runs Thursday, Jan. 20, through Saturday, Jan. 22, at 8 p.m. The series continues with "A Stain on the Quiet: Three Acts by Samuel Beckett," starring acclaimed actors James Noble and Carolyn Coates, running from Thursday, March 10, through Saturday, March 12, at 8 p.m. "Danger, People at Large," running from Thursday, April 21, through Saturday, April 23, at 8 p.m., will include three short comedies about couples by Fred Stroppel.
Gaining worldwide acclaim for its impressive choir, ballet and orchestra, Opera Verdi Europa will perform Giuseppe Verdi's beloved "La Traviata" on Friday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m.
The mood changes to intoxicating rhythm and intricate movement on Friday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. when Dance Brazil takes the stage. Under the direction of Jelon Vieira, the company mesmerizes audiences with the vibrant style of Capoeira, a soul-stirring blend of martial arts and an African beat.
Jazz trumpet icon and multiple Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval, a founding member of Irakere, brings his unique blend of Afro-Cuban jazz, rock and classical to the Quick Center on Friday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m.
The cool sounds of hot jazz echo through the Quick again on Friday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. with "Jazz at Lincoln Center presents Music of the Masters: The Music of Dexter Gordon." One of the key innovators of bebop, this tenor saxophonist played in the language of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, but never lost the heart of the romantic ballads of Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster.
Jazz appreciation continues with "Hangin' with the Giants," an engaging program of interactive animation and live music and narration that brings to life such musical greats as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. The family fun begins on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m.
The Trinity Irish Dance Company headlines a St. Patrick's Day Celebration for the whole family on Sunday, March 6, at 3 p.m. The troupe crosses both cultural and disciplinary boundaries, creating a thoroughly fresh and engaging choreography that's graceful and dazzling.
Two-time Grammy winner Diane Schuur unleashes her stunning range and exacting technique on a program of pop, gospel, jazz and blues on Saturday, March 19, at 8 p.m.
Featuring one of the Quick Center's resident musicians, Sandip Burman and Friends brings audiences into the exciting world of Indian jazz-fusion with superb instrumental technique and inventive arrangements on Thursday, March 31, at 7 and 9 p.m.
The St. Petersburg State Ballet Theatre performs its "Romeo and Juliet" with music by Sergei Prokofiev and choreography by Serge Vikulov on Friday, April 1, at 8 p.m. Under the artistic direction of Yuri Petukhov, this company dances with the lyrical beauty of the high Russian tradition in this time-honored tale.
Switching gears again, the Quick plays host to the exuberant National Acrobats of Taiwan, ROC, a troupe of remarkable discipline that blends artistic beauty with jaw-dropping feats of athleticism. This internationally acclaimed group will perform on Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Jazz violinist Randy Sabien and acclaimed bassist Brian Torff will headline "A Tribute to Stephane Grappelli" on Thursday, April 14, at 7 and 9 p.m. The pair and a set of veteran musical friends will offer a mix of contemporary, blues, jazz, standards and the original music that made Grappelli a violin legend.
The inimitable TV personality Brett Somers stars in a musical memoir on life in and out of show business in "An Evening with Brett Somers" from Thursday, May 5, through Saturday, May 7, at 8 p.m. Somers, who appeared in "The Odd Couple," "Perry Mason," and "Match Game," speaks frankly about Hollywood, marriage and more in this hilarious cabaret outing.
Four masters of jazz round out the season on a memorable note with "Jazz in the Grand Manner" on Saturday, May 14, at 8 p.m. Co-sponsored with the Westport Arts Center, this event features Dick Hyman, Derek Smith, Bill Charlap and James Williams in a tribute to the very best in jazz.
For ticket information or a copy of the Quick Center's 2004-05 calendar of events, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. Discounts for Quick Center events are available to subscribers and groups. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on May 1, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 245
Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts announces a fun-filled new season of programs for young audiences, featuring storybook favorites Amelia Bedelia, Junie B. Jones and Eric Carle's beloved animals, as well as Bugs Bunny and even a visit from Santa Claus. In addition, the whole family can enjoy special music and dance events - "Storytelling and Music" with the Quick Center's own Live Music Project; "Hangin' with the Giants," a morning of animation and jazz; Dance Brazil, a mesmerizing mixture of dance and martial arts; and the National Acrobats of Taiwan.
Most of the performances are part of the Quick Center's Young Audience Sunday Series. Many are repeated the following Monday through an outreach program for school groups called the ArtsBound Schoolday Series. In addition, one performance is unique to the outreach program, which is funded in part by Regina A. Quick and The Educational Foundation of America.
The Young Audience Sunday Series kicks off Sunday, Oct. 17, with "Very Eric Carle," a production that uses the magic of blacklight to bring the popular author's "Little Cloud," "The Mixed-Up Chameleon" and "The Very Busy Spider" to life. The internationally known Mermaid Theatre Company of Nova Scotia will perform this memorable show, suitable for children in grades pre-K through 3, at 1 and 3 p.m. The show repeats Monday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m. and noon.
The season continues with The Omaha Theater Company for Young People's rendition of "Miss Nelson is Missing, the Musical" on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 1 and 3 p.m. Adapted from the book by Harry Allard and James Marshall, this delightful production follows the kids from Room 207 in a search for their missing teacher and is aimed at children in grades K through 6. Artsbound Schoolday Series performances take place on Monday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. and noon.
The Quick Center's resident conductor-less orchestra, The Live Music Project, invites you to join them Sunday, Nov. 28, at 2 p.m. for a Quick Center special family event, "Storytelling and Music." A collection of fascinating stories and narration set to music, this enjoyable afternoon is a fun way to introduce youngsters to the magic of classical music and tales.
The curtain comes up on a holiday favorite, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 1 and 3 p.m. Performed by Theatre IV, the hilarious musical for the whole family is inspired by the classic Clement Moore poem that has charmed generations. ArtsBound performances take place Monday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. and noon.
"Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping & Other Stories" takes the stage on Sunday, Feb. 6, at 1 and 3 p.m. Suitable for children in grades K through 3, the Theatreworks USA production features America's favorite mixed-up maid, as well as an Aesop's Fable, an audience sing-along and many more surprises. The program will be presented for school groups on Monday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m.
On Friday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m. the Quick Center presents an ArtsBound performance of Dance Brazil, a program featuring Capoeira, an intoxicating mixture of dance and martial arts straight from Brazil. Under the direction of Jelon Vieira, dancers enthrall audiences with this art form described by Time magazine as "martial art with an African beat." This show is suitable for grades 4 and up.
Children in grades K through 5 should enjoy watching the worlds of animation and live music blend in "Hangin' with the Giants," a Quick Center special family event on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. This lively presentation merges interactive animation sequences with narration and live music composed by Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, helping children learn more about some of the greatest names in jazz. ArtsBound performances are scheduled for Monday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. and noon.
The Lincoln Center Reel to Real Series unspools "What's Opera Doc?" on Sunday, April 3, at 1 and 3 p.m. Children in all grades will appreciate the celluloid insanity of Chuck Jones' Bugs Bunny & Friends and other films before taking off on a musical romp with pianist/composer Jed Distler, who recreates Elmer Fudd and Stokowski, the conductor in Disney's "Fantasia," in the audience participation-heavy afternoon. Metropolitan Opera soprano Emily Pulley and tenor Scott Ailing come along for the ride.
Though its not part of the Young Audience series, children of all ages are welcome to a memorable performance by the National Acrobats of Taiwan, ROC, on Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. This internationally acclaimed troupe blends remarkable discipline, athleticism and artistic beauty into a breathtaking production sure to delight.
The Young Audience season concludes on a kooky note with "Junie B. Jones," the clever grammar school girl who stashes her inner-most thoughts in her "top secret personal beeswax" journal. In this installment, Junie graduates from kindergarten - and hilarity ensues. Performances take place Sunday, May 1, at 1 and 3 p.m. An ArtsBound performance is scheduled for Monday, May 2, at 10 a.m.
Started 14 years ago, the ArtsBound program has grown from a one-week summer camp to a full season of performances. Its goal is to introduce children throughout the region to theater and to integrate arts into the classroom curricula. All told, about 14,000 youngsters attend the Young Audience and "ArtsBound" programs each year. Study guides, designed to enhance the learning experience, are available for all "ArtsBound" shows.
Tickets to Young Audience Series programs are $12 for adults, $10 for children. Tickets for the special family events, "Storytelling and Music" and "Hangin' with the Giants," are $15 for adults, $10 for children. Subscriptions are available at $54 for adults, $42 for children, for all six Young Audience performances. Tickets for "ArtsBound" performances are $7.
Discounts to Young Audience Series shows are available as part of a birthday party package: Purchase 10 or more tickets, get $2 off each ticket and enjoy the use of the Quick Center "party" room.
For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on May 5, 2004
Vol. 36, No. 247
Stags making first appearance in the Big Dance
The NCAA women's Tennis Committee announced this afternoon the 64-team NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship Field, live on ESPNews. The Fairfield University women's tennis team will head to Seattle, Wash., to face the host University of Washington on Saturday, May 15 at 2 p.m. (PST). Rounding out the Seattle bracket is the University of New Mexico and the University of Oregon.
"We're excited to be heading to the NCAA Tournament and representing Fairfield University," Head Coach Jeff Wyshner stated. "We really wanted to play a seed on their home court to take in the championship experience. It is also great to have a chance to play someone we do not usually see on a regular basis. The Pac-10 is one of, if not the best conferences in women's tennis today, and we are ready for the opportunity to play them."
The four-team field of the Seattle bracket will take place at Quillian Stadium on the University of Washington campus. Fairfield won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and posted a school-record 19-2 overall record, and a 5-2 mark in the MAAC. Washington is ranked 10th in the country and seeded number-four in the NCAA Tournament, and is making its eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament in a row.
Fairfield won its sixth MAAC Championship, on Sunday, April 25, but will be making its first NCAA Tournament appearance against the Huskies. The Stags won the MAAC in the 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, and 1997 seasons, before the conference had an automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament.
New Mexico is 20-4 overall, and Oregon is 16-8 on the season. The winners of the two first-round matches will meet on Sunday, May 16, at 12 p.m. (PST) at Quillian Stadium.
Fairfield has not faced the Huskies, or any of the potential second-round opponents. Wyshner was named the MAAC Coach of the Year.
Posted on May 5, 2004